Masterbuilt is one of the leading manufacturers in their industry. John and Don McLemore are co-owners of Masterbuilt Manufacturing, Inc., which was founded in 1973 by their father Dawson McLemore. John serves as President/CEO, while Don serves as Vice President/COO. Together, John and Don have designed, developed and secured patents for numerous products and technologies that have changed the face of the outdoor cooking market – including bringing outdoor cooking inside with the first and only electric turkey fryer.
With more than 50 years of experience, including Don’s active role on the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Standards Development Committee, John and Don are committed to the creation of high quality, safe cooking products. Most recently, the brothers have taken the Masterbuilt brand to new heights with their partnership with brand icon Butterball to develop a new series of indoor electric turkey fryers, which bare the Butterball name.
— Don and John McLemore
Masterbuilt's standard of excellence is to design and build the most innovative products in the industry and markets we serve. Masterbuilt will strive to create a work environment that is conducive to building long-term employees who are motivated and dedicated to manufacturing quality merchandise at a fair market value. The customer is our greatest asset and our commitment is to always provide friendly, caring service. Through satisfied and loyal customers, we will earn the right to generate long-term relationships.
In 1973 Dawson McLemore founded Masterbuilt with his son as a manufacturer of bakers racks, fern stands and ornamental ironwork in their backyard. Today his sons John and Don own and operate the company, which recently celebrated its 33rd Anniversary. They continue to design and market products to various retail trades; which are sold throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as parts of Japan, Central, South America and China.
One thing that has not changed: the work ethic Dawson instilled in his sons, who began work at an early age and have been at it ever since. John and Don would venture out each week with a truckload of cookers and bakers racks to call on propane dealers and furniture stores, per their father’s challenge, to not return until the truck was empty. Hence, the Masterbuilt credo of innovation, creativity, vision and good old fashioned hard work.
The company has experienced tremendous growth over the years evolving to a thriving manufacturer of outdoor products to include outdoor grills, smokers, propane-fueled fryers, automotive cargo carriers, bike racks and accessories. Emphasis on product innovation at Masterbuilt led to industry firsts, the Electric Turkey Fryer and the original Hitch Haul Cargo Carrier.
The McLemore brothers continue to grow the family business side by side with John as President and Don as Vice President. They value the wide public acceptance of their products as well as the respect they have gained in the industry and their home community of Columbus, Georgia.
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